High School Football

Lynden’s playoff hopes were on the line at Burlington; could the Lions keep them alive?

The Lynden football team’s hot run came to an end Friday, as the Lions fell to Burlington-Edison 33-13 in a 2A Northwest Confernece game that felt much more lopsided than the score indicated.

The loss likely cost Lynden (4-4, 3-3 2A NWC) a chance to advance to the district playoffs. The Lions are no longer in the running for one of the 2A NWC’s three postseason berths.

As the fourth-place team in the league, they will be matched with teams in the 2A schools in the Cascade Conference, Wesco and Kingco after next week. If the Lions’ RPI ranking is among the top three compared with the teams from those leagues, they will earn one of the South’s berths to the Week 10 district playoffs.

Friday night, the Tigers’ rushing attack led the way, racking up 148 yards in the first half and 265through the game. The Lions’ 3-4 defensive front looked overwhelmed at times, ceding large chunks of yards.

Three straight three-and-outs to start the game did nothing to help Lynden’s chances early, and their defense allowed three touchdowns in Burlington’s first four series.

Despite being behind 26-0, Lynden began mounting a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Lions got on the board with 9:44 left in the game on James Marsh’s pass to Carson Bode and pulled the game within two scores after Marsh connected with Aaron Weidenaar for a touchdown with just three minutes left in the game.

“I told each kid when they came off that when it’s 26-0, its easier to quit on the game, but they didn’t,” Lynden coach Blake Van Dalen said. “They did everything they needed to fight back, and we gave ourselves a chance… (but Burlington-Edison) made plays, and we didn’t. I was proud of our kids. I love our kids.”

Sfter recovering an onside kick, Marsh threw his third interception of the night on a Hail Mary pass, sealing the game.

Star of the game

The feature running back for the Tigers, Quyntin Frazier, earned all of his stripes. The 5-foot-10 senior ran 35 times for 221 yards, finding the end zone four times. He had three runs of more than 30 yards and looked to be untackleable at times.

Unsung hero of the game

The Burlington-Edison offensive line owned the line of scrimmage and created holes for Frazier. They certainly had size on their side, with three players listed more than 270 pounds.

Bright spot

Lynden senior linebacker Gage Bates continued his tackling prowess. The all-time leading tackler in school history built on his record with another 10 tackles.

“He has great instincts, I’m glad he plays for us,” VanDalen said.

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